We study tropical African trees to contribute to forest ecology and support sustainable wood production in tropical Africa.
Our xylarium is a reference collection with more than 80,000 wood samples from around the world. Our research is based on this xylarium and on fieldwork.
Fields of research are:
- wood anatomy: we analyse the anatomical structure of wood species
- dendrochronology: we study tree growth and forest ecology
- physiology of tropical trees
- archaeobotany and the history of ancient forests through analysis of charcoal present in the soil.
- Hans Beeckman, Head of service
Wood anatomy, dendrochronology, system ecology, wood identification, trait-based ecology
- Nils Bourland, Postdoc forest ecology
Central Africa, forest management, ecology, Pericopsis, logging
- Tom De Mil, Postdoc forest ecology
Wood anatomy, cambial activity, dendrochronology, image analysis, micro CT scan, secondary tree growth, African rainforests
- Wannes Hubau, Postdoc forest ecology
Global carbon fluxes, forests inventories, permanent sample plots, tropical rainforests, African vegetation history and archaeobotany
- Kim Jacobsen, Postdoc agronomy
Tropical agronomy, bananas and plantains, research-for-development (R4D), EU projects, digitization, database management
- Mélissa Rousseau, PhD student forest ecology
- Yegor Tarelkin
Technical and administrative staff
- Kévin Liévens, Laboratory assistant microtomy
- Annelore Nackaerts, Administrative assistant - collection manager xylarium
- Daniël Wallenus, Heritage guard
- Ferre Carron
- Cécile De Troyer
- José Kempenaers
- Christian Mommaerts
- Richard Shutt
- Arion Turcsán
We offer scientific services, including the analysis of African and non-African timber:
- identification of wood for the wood trade and industry (particularly CITES), art history, archaeology, palaeontology, etc.
- wood dating via the study of growth rings.
Cost: 170 €
Cost of expert assessment carried out on site: 250 € per day
Expert analysis fees are payable to the account of the Royal Museum for Central Africa:
with the communication ‘wood analysis’.
Wood samples (preferably measuring 1 cm x 7 cm x 15 cm) should be sent to the address:
Laboratory of Wood Biology
Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
Contact: Hans Beeckman